UNL professors invited to national digital media education conference


Three University of Nebraska-Lincoln professors have been invited to participate in Journalism Interactive 2013, or J/i, a national conference for journalism educators on Feb. 8 and 9 in Gainesville, Fla.

Journalism Interactive brings together scholars, practitioners, teachers and students to discuss the continually changing digital media space and the impact on journalism and journalism education in a two-day conference that features speakers, panels and — new this year — hands-on training. This year the conference will focus on four themes: Data, Design, Mobile and Participation.

Michelle Hassler and Gary Kebbel are two of 11 faculty members to be selected from more than 50 applicants for the novel session dubbed the Teach-A-Thon where educators take to the stage to share innovative lesson plans, teaching strategies and cutting-edge reporting devices.

Hassler’s presentation is about helping journalism students develop engaging story ideas using social media and RSS feeds for information and inspiration.

Kebbel will speak about integrating mobile devices with journalism and communications education.

Matt Waite is one of three panelists who will be discussing “Data: What journalists and academics can learn from one another.” This conversation will address the opportunities and challenges academics and journalists encounter when working with data. Discussion will focus on strategies for integrating data concepts into journalism curriculum.

J/i 2013 is hosted by the University of Florida and is a partnership between Florida and the founding J/i school, the University of Maryland. The first Journalism Interactive Conference was held in 2011. The conference’s third installment will return to College Park, Md., in October 2014.

The full program and speaker lineup is posted on the event website at http://www.journalisminteractive.com/2013/.

More details at: http://go.unl.edu/rp7